June 2014 Update
District Conference 2014

Date: July 12
Place: ALIVE Wesleyan Church, 136 Chastain Road, Central, SC
Time: 8:30am (Registration begins at 7:30am)
Denominational Representative: Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent
Special Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Wilson, Senior Pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church (WI)
Ordination Service: 5:30pm, Chapel at ALIVE Wesleyan Church

Anticpation is growing as we move closer to the 2014 District Conference.  Last year’s “new and improved” version has paved the way for an even more exciting day this year!  The facilities of ALIVE Wesleyan added much to the experience of this day and they have invited us back!  We also welcome back our General Superintendent, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, as our denominational representative.  Dr. Mark O. Wilson will be our Keynote Speaker.  Ministers and delegates are expected to attend and others are welcome to share the experience of this day.
Family Camp 2014
Family Camp 2014

Date: July 13 - 20
Place: Table Rock Retreat and Conference Center, Pickens, SC
Services: 6:00pm on Sundays and 7:00pm on Monday - Saturday
Speakers: Dr. Mark O. Wilson (Sunday - Wednesday), Rev. Isaac Smith (Thursday - Sunday)
Worship Leader: Rev. Deysi Rodriguez
Childrens Worker: Justin Yonce
Daily Schedule includes: Seminar for Adults and Hispanic, Children and Youth Services
Complete information will be emailed and on the website soon.
Conference Keynote and Family Camp Speaker
Mark O. Wilson is author of Filled Up, Poured Out and serves as senior pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church, a thriving missional congregation in Wisconsin's Northwoods. His new book, titled Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus, is coming out in 2014.  Pastor Wilson has been widely used in our denomination as a camp and conference speaker and is a favorite “prof” in the FLAME ministerial training program.  It is a delight to have this winsome, contagious and effective communicator of the Gospel to minister again in our district!
Praises and Prayer Requests
  • Continue to pray for the Eden, Iglesia Amistad and Greenville First churches as they continue to implement the prescriptions from the recent consultations.  The past three months for the Eden Church have been filled with marvelous progress with increases in attendance and conversions.  Special prayer is requested for the pastor search process for Greenville First Church.  (The picture to the right is from the Service of Confession and Repentance for the Greenville First and Iglesia Amistad Wesleyana congregations.)
  • We give praise for God's call of church planters for North Charleston, Blaze and Allison Johnson and their three girls.  Pray for them as they relocate back to their home area this week and begin the process of establishing a new congregation.  Praise also for the support of the Celebrate Church in South Dakota which includes funding of the Johnsons’ salary for one year along with some additional seed money.
  • Praise for the great reports across the district from Easter Sunday: (last year)                       Primary Worship Attendance – 5,782 (5,246)                         10.2% Increase                                              People Saved – 101 (12)                                                            740.0% increase
  • Please be in prayer for District Conference, Family Camp, Youth Camps and Kids Camps this summer.
District Information Update
Pastor/Church Relations
     Faith - Open
     Greenville, First - Open
     Pickens View - Rev. Jake Lee
     Trinity - Rev. Mike McClung
     Walhalla - Open

DBA Action (May 17, 2014)
  • Approved reports of DS and Treaurer
  • Approved actions from DBMD for Maria Elena Fernandez to be a ministerial student and that the following be recommended to the district conference for ordination: Joy Bryant, Michelle DeRossett and Justin Donnahoo.
  • Approved recent pastoral votes.
  • Approved initial name request for North Charleston Church, Residuum Church
  • Approved the request of Oakway United to become an Established Church.
  • Elected the Hispanic Advisory Council as recommended.
New Pastor at Welcome Wesleyan

Rev. Josh Ratliff began his ministry as the new Senior Pastor of the Welcome Wesleyan Church on February 1.  On April 27, he was officially installed.  On Easter Sunday they began a second worship service that has resulted in a steady flow of newcomers and increased attendance.  Pastor Josh is a graduate of Liberty University and Asbury Theological Seminary and came to us from the Indiana North District, but is orginally from Virginia.  We are blessed that they are a part of our SC District ministry team.  (PIctured above are Pastor Josh and Valerie and their daughters, Sadie and Macie.)
DS Schdule for June
1     Trinity (am), Greenvile First Staff (pm)
2     Church Multiplication Team (pm)
3     GROW Appointments with pastors
4     Family Camp Board (am)
5     Leadership Team (am), Finance and Operations Team (pm)
6     Travel to North Myrtle Beach
7     Faith Leadership Team (am)
       Meet with Blaze Johnson Family in Charleston (pm)
8     Providence (am)
9-15   Family Vacation
17   TRRCC Board (pm)
22   TBA
24   DBA (pm)
27   Deadline for District Conference Materials     
26-28   Incite ’14 Conference (Durham, NC)                                           Dr. Ray Barnwell, Speaker
28   DBMD (am, via Video)                                                                Best Years Fellowship Luncheon
29   TBA
30, 31  GROW Appointments with Pastors
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